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Water covers over 70% of the Earth, cycling from the oceans and rivers to the clouds and back again. It even makes up about 60% of our bodies. But in the rest of the solar system, liquid water is almost impossible to find. So how did our planet end up with so much of this substance? And where did it...
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In this lesson, students will create three-dimensional (3-D) blocks out of paper to learn about the types of faulting that occur at the Earth’s surface and its interior, and explain how earthquakes are generated by fault movement. Step-by-step directions will provide students with the necessary...
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Earthquakes create seismic waves that travel through the Earth. By analyzing these seismic waves, seismologists can explore the Earth's deep interior.
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An earthquake causes different types of energy to radiate from the epicenter. The P and S waves are the first two to arrive at any specific point. P and S waves have different motions and shake the earth differently as they travel through it. In this activity, students demonstrate the motions of S...
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This activity allows students to construct a small-scale model of liquefaction, a hazard associated with strong-magnitude earthquakes. The sand, water, and ping pong ball(s) represent the composites of soil: sediment, water, and air, respectively. The shaking, representative of seismic waves, will...
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This activity has students making a topographic model out of salad trays. Students copy maps onto the trays and add different topographic features. When put together, the trays show a complete topographic map.
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During this activity your students will learn about the issue of land subsidence, which leads to topographical changes. Subsidence is due to poor backfilling/stabilization practices during the mining of gold. Then your students will complete an activity in which they will use materials like sand and...
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This is the first of three lessons thta have been developed to teach students about Earth's water cycle, the importance of freshwater resources, and how NASA studies water in Earth's systems.
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Chapter 4 focuses on rocks and minerals, and looking at types of rocks. Lessons included in this chapter: rocks, minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks.
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NASA's Climate Kids is a place where kids can learn about the Earth! Available are games, activities, news, and videos on a variety of subjects: weather and climate, air, ocean, fresh water, carbon cycle, energy, plants and animals, and technology. Teacher resources (PDFs, NGSS standards, and more)...
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Bring the Grand Canyon to your classroom using NPS distance learning programs. The programs cover a range of topics and grade levels: Ancient Life (fossils, grades 2-5), Ask a Ranger (geology, grades 4-8), Canyon Connections (plant/animal adaptations, grades 4-8), Condor's Flight (endangered...
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Get your sparkle on at Gemological Institute of America (GIA)'s website to gemology and geology education. Targeted for elementary and middle school level students and teachers, the website offers sections such as Gem Explorer, Story of a Gem, and Gem Glossary. Gem Explorer presents information...
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This site gives substantial information on Earth System Science (ESS). It's best for teachers who need background information. It also gives links to other sites and sources (such as a Solar System Calculator and Sun Path Activity).
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"This activity opens by asking students to demonstrate how 'hard"""" they think the ground shakes during an earthquake. To quantify their demonstrations of ground shaking, students are introduced to a three-component accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB). Through a teacher lead discussion students...
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In this lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine a) Earth must have a layered internal structure and, b) estimate the size of Earth’s core. Using an inquiry approach, students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is...
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"The """"Blue Goose"""" has been the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System since it was first drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist J.N. """"Ding"""" Darling, one of the greatest supporters of wildlife conservation in the 20th century. Naturalist and author Rachel Carson had a reminder...
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The following educator resources center around ICPRB’s Watershed Connections Land Use Model, which enables students to explore various land uses and impacts on their watersheds. Model-building directions and educator resources can be found below. ICPRB also provides model building workshops for...
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A system is a group of related features or objects that are organized in some way. Different parts of a system interact with each other. This causes a system to function in some way as a whole. Every system has a driving force that makes it work. In any system, there can be a large number of parts...
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Rocks break down into smaller pieces through weathering. Rocks and sediment grinding against each other wear away surfaces. This type of weathering is called abrasion, and it happens as wind and water rush over rocks. The rocks become smoother as rough and jagged edges break off. In this activity,...
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Soils come from rocks and other things that reflect local conditions. Soil is essential for life. In this investigation, students will be able to identify soil properties that can be related to original bedrock, climate and vegetation. At the same time, they will learn about practical issues related...
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